For patients suffering from chronic headaches and migraines, routine physical medicine care is one of the best preventative methods around. Physical medicine treatments such as chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression and massage and physical therapy help alleviate the leading causes of headaches and migraines, allowing patients to life a fuller, pain-free life.
Chronic headaches and migraines are often the result of spinal misalignment, neck and back injury, and pinched or damaged nerves. Through gentle spinal manipulations, physical medicine professionals are able to restore proper positioning of the neck and back. This realignment also guards against nerves becoming pinched or discs becoming herniated. In our office, our gentle, hands-on approach leaves patients feeling relaxed and comfortable after a spinal manipulation.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression therapy is helpful for patients with herniated discs. When out of position, discs often pinch surrounding nerves, causing pain and tension. And nerve irritation is one of the leading causes of headaches and migraines. The gentle stretching and elongating of the spine through spinal decompression therapy helps discs move back in to place, and takes the pressure off of neighboring nerves. This technique is often key in alleviating chronic headaches and migraines.
We also recommend massage therapy as part of a headache/migraine relief treatment plan. Massage therapy, in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, ensures that soft tissues remain flexible and pliable, so that patients are less likely to experience injury and pain. Studies show that massage therapy also boosts the immune system, which will increase a patient’s overall health, and decrease the likelihood of debilitating headaches and migraines.
For patients experiencing headaches as a result of musculoskeletal problems, physical therapy has shown to be most helpful. Spine and muscle tightness can cause referred pain, and is the culprit for many patients’ headaches. A skilled physical therapist can assist headache and migraine patients with flexibility and strengthening exercises that patients can perform either on a daily basis, or when they feel the first symptoms of a headache.
Chronic headaches and migraines should not impede your quality of life. For safe, natural, effective pain relief techniques, contact our office today to schedule a FREE consultation with a member of our team. Together, we will create a physical medicine treatment plan that will leave you headache-free!